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Former BUST writer Sarah Verdone passed away three years ago after a battle with breast cancer. In her memory, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council created the Sarah Verdone Writing Award in 2011. The award will be presented to a different gifted female writer annually for a decade. This year’s (21+) event will take place on March 11th, almost exactly three years after Sarah’s death. Join us from 7-10pm at Catch Roof, where there will be complimentary cocktails for the first two hours! Bring a donation of...
Today the Oscars producers released the final list of presenters and performers for the February 24th broadcast. Apparently there’s going to be a celebration of movie musicals featuring Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls, Catherine Zeta-Jones representing Chicago, and basically the entire cast of Les Misérables. As long as Anne Hathaway doesn’t debut her own tearful rendition of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” this should be an all-around win. I mean, have you seen Aaron Tveit? Way hotter than Robespierre If you prefer divas of the...
India, in the midst of grappling with the aftermath of the December New Delhi gang rape, has been rocked by the news of yet another horrific sex crime. On February 16th, the bodies of three sisters aged 7, 9, 11, were found in a well in Maharashtra, a region south of New Delhi. According to an Associated Press report, the local police dismissed the deaths as accidental, and refused to investigate. After two days of police inaction, “Enraged villagers forced shops to close, burned tires...
There are a lot of comic books out there. A lot. Between new, old, professional, and DIY, it can be dangerous finding a good comic. If you're like me and like the self-published, stories-about-real-life kind of books then I have one for you. What's New, Pussycat? by Mari Naomi is a perfect graphic novel that might make you a little sad and maybe a little enlightened. What's New, Pussycat? tells a tale of a young Mari and an acquaintance that she views as a bit of...
Mississippi’s first same-sex wedding took place earlier this month in Jones County between Jessie Powell and Crystal Craven.  However, what should have been a momentous and celebratory occasion instead received backlash from the community after the local daily newspaper, The Laurel Leader-Call, published a story, titled “Historic Wedding: women wed in Laurel through smiles, tears.”  Written by a self-proclaimed conservative reporter, Cassidi Bush, the article provided an unbiased account of the wedding, exploring this historic moment for Mississippi and describing how the couple met, fell...